Dr. Neal H. Shonnard MD
Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeon


Medical School:
University of Nevada School of Medicine - Reno, Nevada

Orthopedic Surgery Training:
University of San Francisco - San Francisco, California

Spine Surgery Fellowship:
Pennsylvania Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Subspecialty Interest

Surgical Care of the Neck and Back
Stenosis, Disk Disease and Replacement
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Joint Replacement of the Hip and Knee
Kyphoplasty and Osteoporosis
Fusion Lumbar Injections
Spinal Implants

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


Meritorious Research, American Federation of Clinical Research

Selected by The Western Pain Society as a "Leader in Exemplary Care for Those With Spine Pain."

Published Research

  • Articles:
    • Orthopedic Extremity Trauma and Reconstruction
    • Experimental Neurosurgery
    • Spine Trauma Reconstruction
  • Textbook Chapters:
    • Evaluation of the Neck and Back
  • Seminars and Forums:
    • Spine Surgical Care Outcome Assessment Program (SCOAP)
    • Quarterly Update Spine Scoap registry
    • Annual Spine SCOAP Forum
    • Oregon Pain Society Annual Meeting 2013
    • Grand Rounds UW/Harborview Med Center, Dept. of Neurosurgery April 2013

Professional Affiliations

Director of Spine SCOAP Registry
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
North American Spine Society
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery


I grew up in a big family (6 siblings), we were all active in sports, and my father, a general surgeon, was always busy putting one of us back together. His ability to stitch up and heal family, friends, and neighbors inspired and motivated me to be a Doctor, but what really drew me to medicine was the opportunity to help others. Orthopedic surgery allows me to help my patients, and make a real impact on the quality of their lives. It is such a gift to see what a difference orthopedic and spine care can do for a patient.

In addition to my Orthopedic Surgery training at the University of California, San Francisco, I am fellowship trained in Spine Surgery from Jefferson University and the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. I am one of only two original members of the MISS Society in Washington State, and offer Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery to my patients. Improving and delivering the best Spine Care is very important to me. As Associate Director of The Spine Scoap Registry (Surgical Care Outcome Assessment Program), I am working together with other interested Doctors, to assess and improve Spine Care for all the residents of WA State.

Mary and I were married in 1979 and raised a family of three; Matthew, Annelise and Nell. We feel blessed to live in the Northwest,with an active life, full of family and friends.

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3801 5th St. SE, Suite 110
Puyallup, WA 98374
253-848-1126 (fax)
M - F: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Bonney Lake
20920 State Route 410 E.
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
253-848-1126 (fax)
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